January 12, 2021

Published January 12, 2021 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

1Lord, you have searched me out;
  O Lord, you have known me.
2You know my sitting down and my rising up;
  you discern my thoughts from afar.
3You trace my journeys and my resting-places
  and are acquainted with all my ways.
4Indeed, there is not a word on my lips,
  but you, O Lord, know it altogether. 
5You encompass me, behind and before,
  and lay your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
  it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
13For you yourself created my inmost parts;
  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I will thank you because I am marvelously made;
  your works are wonderful, and I know it well. 
15My body was not hidden from you,
  while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book;
  my days were fashioned before they came to be.
17How deep I find your thoughts, O God!
  How great is the sum of them!
18If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
  to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

The psalmist describes an intimate God who knows us better than we know ourselves. A God who loves us so deeply, with whom we can struggle, argue, confess our darkest secrets, and be forgiven and be renewed.


Lord Jesus, in these dark days of winter and pandemic we are struggling and in despair. We need you. Come into our hearts Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Amen.

          Don Knudson ’70 M.Div. Northwestern Lutheran Seminary